Library Director Salary

Around two in three of Library Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $28K to $101K per year, but median earnings come to around $62K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Library Directors is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. There are far more female Library Directors who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,771 - $102,115
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$62K
$100K
MEDIAN: $62,101
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$9.85 - $31.08
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$33,771 - $102,115  
   
Bonus
$4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$28,087 - $100,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 311
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $31.08  
   
Overtime
$16.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$4,000  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,087 - $100,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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Job Description for Library Director

A library director oversees all operations at a library. They direct staff - helping ensure that they are efficient and courteous at all times - and make sure that the library is running in an organized manner according to established rules and that books and other library items are organized neatly and efficiently. The library director may be in charge of the hiring of librarians, volunteers, and other staff, as well as carrying out disciplinary action as needed.

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Library Director Tasks

  • Direct the library services program, and participates in formulating long range goals and objectives.
  • Stay abreast of technology in order to work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.
  • Promote library services and resources, and ensure library policies and procedures are followed.
  • Oversee library operations including planning, budgeting and staffing.

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Popular Skills for Library Director


Survey results show that Library Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Administration, and Collection Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Cataloging as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Online Research and Budget Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Administration are similarly competent in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $39K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $65K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $74K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Key Stats for Library Director

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Library Director Salaries

▲24%

▲8%

National Average
$60,000

▼16%

▼35%

Skills That Affect Library Director Salaries

People Management
▲3%

Operations Management
▼0%

National Average
$60,000


Collection Development
▼3%


Online Research
▼11%

Cataloging
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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